The kidnapping this week of Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos in his native Venezuela was frightening.
Just a rookie last year, Ramos made just $415,000. Not much in Major League salary terms but a fortune in Venezuela.
Thank goodness Ramos was rescued shaken but unharmed just two days after his abduction.
This isn't the first time a person of note was kidnapped. Just a few years ago then Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba's son was kidnapped for ransom. Fortunately he also was rescued physically unharmed.
If you have money in Venezuela then you are a target for these ruthless kidnappers. If you are a Major League baseball player you have some money. My suggestion to every Venezuelan baseball player would be to move out of the country. It is only a matter of time until this happens again and maybe the outcome won't be as fortuitous. And as a side note to that idiot President (dictator) Hugo Chavez...fix your country.